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es town looking for a place to have housing and build and live comfortably who left san francisco around jim jones. most people think jim jones was a chinese man and most people were african-american and we never talk about that. nine days later killing them at mo connie and mill and we never talk about those people and we're ailing and suffering through that right now. san francisco must -- it used to be said in the lobby. san francisco must take care of the individuals. that's why that bridge willie brown is there. san francisco had the investment to really make sure that this city is really what america is supposed to be. thank you. >> thank you. next speaker cards. no they're deferred. they didn't waive. >> okay. >> good afternoon. i am with
local 21. i am try to keep this brief. i'm the union rep for project managers, housing specialists, contract compliance officers, engineers, all the folks you see before you who help make these redevelopment projects possible, and as you know since 2012 it's been a very difficult time for the former agency. both local 21 and seiu have been in difficult discussions with the city and county of san francisco and ocii. the good news is that in november proposition d passed. and that granted former redevelopment employees city benefits and the majority of voters in san francisco supported that, so this is kind of representing a turning point in union management and relations, and it's given clarification to all of the uncertainty created by the state
when they eliminated redevelopment so we're working with the city and county on a transition of employment for our members who want to continue to work on redevelopment projects but as employees of the city and not ocii employees. however, under prop d that transition must take place before march 1 and that means we need to have settlements with ocii and with the city and county of san francisco as soon as possible, the real deadlines here that are critical so the union anticipates u.s. commissioners do not want to be responsible for torpedoing the settlements and with ocii. right now some of the proposals on the table and made two years ago almost by a different team, from a different employer include some examples of taking away the
fundamental right of a union member to honor another sanction line. asking them to pay dramatically more in health care, $200 more a month and pensions towards their pensions which they already pay seven and a half percent and that would erode the delayed 6% raises proposed and that all city employees have received already and these former rda employees didn't receive and working without, so we know that all these employees have been through a lot of hardship and uncertainty in the past years. we think now is not the time to take advantage of them so please we ask you to instruct your bargaining team to work with the team on a settlement that is fair and members working without a contract for years by no fault of their own. thank you.
>> thank you. call the next card. >> the last is peter massur. >> good afternoon. i am the union rep for seiu 1021 and the beauty of following alex i don't have to go over the same details and he captures it and to reiterate when the voters approved prop d they support the idea of the workers moving over to city employment but as with everything comes with time lines that have to be followed and then we find ourselves in a situation where we need these workers to move over seamlessly and update component of that is wrapping up this contract now that has been -- these folks have been working without a contract for several years now and we want to make sure as
alex said we do that in a fair and amicable way, in a way that understands and respects the time limits but doesn't try to extract concessions based on the time limits. i know you're going into a closed session with the bargaining team and i want you to reiterate to them we want to make sure that the process happens smoothly and seamlessly for the workers and the frustrating situation they have been put in over the years and having questions. thank you. >> thank you very much. public comment is closed. please call the next item. >> the next order of business is item 7, report of the chair. >> i have no report. next item please. >> the next order of business is item 8, report of the
executive director. executive director. >> i actually have no report at this time. >> okay. please call the next item. >> the next order of business is item 9 commissioners questions and matters. madam chair. >> yes. do any of the commissioners have a question or matter? commissioner mondejar. >> yes. i just wanted to find out what we ask do -- i mean we had a group from the western edition that were raising all these questions, requests. what is our authority or our what we can do as the current commission now since we don't have any projects there really? i mean is it something that tiffany you could respond to? >> sure. i can -- >> briefly i think. >> because it's not calendared commissioners the former redevelopment agency issued loans using tax dollars along
the fillmore corridor including yoshi's and the number of loans. when the redevelopment agency was dissolved they were assets, property or debts in the case of the fillmore center and still belong -- assets of the former redevelopment agency and transitioned to the assets of ocii. we continue to enforce our agreements and working collectively over the past several years with each of those tenants along the fillmore street corridor to make sure that those businesses can continue while we protect the public investment. we issued a very detailed informational memorandum on the fillmore street corridor loans and assets in september of 2013. last year -- on a status of all of those. we have also discussed in open
session through the budget process work outs. a number of businesses have filed for bankruptcy including yoshi's and there were agreements with them as well as the other loan recipients, rossla's was settled et cetera so we can bring back an memorandum or materials to respond to any questions that commissioners or the members of the public would have. >> yes. before i begin commissioner bustos would you like to state anything? >> [inaudible] >> i would like to request that the informational memo that you referenced be redistributed to the commissioners. commissioner singh is not here but i would also like to request the scheduling of a special meeting in the western edition a special meeting focused on
these topics, so that we can have a forum in the community to understand kind of what not just the commentary we received here and previously but also understand some of the concerns, the challenges from the community side, so we can also provide information about some of the topics that you referred to, and i don't know when we can do that but i suggest it be as soon as possible. >> [inaudible] >> excuse me sir. the matter is with the commission. >> i just wanted to thank you for doing that madam chair because i think it's important, and as you talked about development, redevelopment was created to benefit the community. i think at the time redevelopment -- i think the
opposite. i think it was a systematic way to get rid of a certain population in the city and i think justin herman was adamant about that. i don't know why we have that plaza named after him about that's a whole another matter but i think what you see up here is are people who are trying to right the wrong of what redevelopment did during those times 40 years ago, and we are not perfect, but our goal is to do that, and i think that's why you hear a lot of us talk about having things in the community, having opportunities for people to have these jobs, and having some of the small businesses and the professional services come from local people, so
know it's not lots on us. we were appointed by the mayor because of that. we know the bad history of redevelopment in the city. i can say this probably collectively our commitment is to undo the wrongs that were done as much as we can yet we need to do it together, so it's those of us, and those of you in the community that will help us succeed in that effort, so i just wanted to make sure that you knew that mr. aris so when you're in the community we understand and want to fix things and make it right so we can get to the point where redevelopment does benefit the community; right? we vote on a lot of things but the question i have in my mind is who are we voting for? for who? so we
appreciate you. we appreciate everybody that came to speak about this today. thank you. >> thank you. okay. next -- call the next item please. >> the next order of business is item 10 closed session. madam chair. >> yes. i'm going to need to ask anyone not directly involved in this item to please leave the room because the commission is going into closed session and i'm going to make the announcement to confer with labor negotiators pursuant to government code 5495 7.6 to confer with the reamgdzs and the representatives are tiffany bohee, jim morales, leo levenson, geoff rothman, jeff sloan. i don't see charles sakai and april ward. >> [inaudible]
>> >>at this time i'm going to turn the meeting over to my vice president because i have asthma and i think he can carry through. thank you. >>thank you. richard, would you announce some changes to the treatment of the agenda, please? >>if you all look at page three on the agenda please note that vice president seriina will not be calling the agenda items in that order. >>thank you. >>the items will be called in the following order: item e, item i item j item f item h and item g.
with that modification i ask for a vote to approve the agenda. >>approve. seconded. >>all in favor, any opposed. thank you, the motion carries. >>i would like to also make a slight change in the agenda and move the employee recognition of after my report if that's possible. >>absolutely. any objection to changing the agenda? thank you. item number 3 approval of a consent agenda. >>so moved. >>second. >>thank you. any discussions? any comments from the public? all in favor? >>i. >>any opposed? thank you, the motion carries. item number 4 approval of the december 23, 2014 meeting
minutes. any modifications or changes to the minutes? any comments or changes from the public. hearing none motion to approve. >>approve. >>second. >>any opposed. thank you, the motion carries. . now item number 5 director's report, ann hinton. >>good morning president james, seriina and commissioners, just a few things to report. first of all i want to thank deputy mcfadden for taking responsibility in replacing me of december in washington dc at a board meeting and having visits on the hill and that's where i want to start with my report in terms of things that have been happening since i saw you. you know that congress was able to reach a budget agreement so
we are not having a continuing resolution at this point, we actually have the budget in place and that budget although not having all the things that we were certainly advocating for when the board was in dc in early december it had one thing in it that was a very pleasant surprise and that was that for the very first time congress has provided $4 million for the elder justice act initiative and this is something that's been in place for years but has never been funded and there was a lot of concern that if there wasn't funding put into the budget at this point the act itself might go away and have to start all over with that. the president has, in his budget, asked for more money for this, in which wasn't funded to the full amount he asked for, but to have 4 million in first
time funding i think is significant in the funding itself not so much in the dollar amount. 4 million for the entire country won't go very far, but will give the administration of community living additional dollars to build on the platform that they have become which is to direct data from across the country so they can start looking at what does elder abuse look like across the state and provide information to us so i think that was just really great news. some of the disappointing news was that money for the adult and disability resource centers 10 million of the 16 million that funds that program for across the country, 10 million of that was in play since early fall. and that 10 million was not refunded so $16 million program has now gone to 6 million. it was something that wasn't
funded at its maximum anyway so we're waiting to see now what fallout there will be. san francisco has been implementing an adult with disability resource model with very little of this kind of funding anyway so i think we're going to be find but i think watching what happens in the rest of the state will be important as we were really hoping for sites across the state, so no matter where an older adult or family would be they would be able to access that site and move from county to county as they needed to be. we'll have to see what happens. i think there will be more advocacy on this issue from now until the spring so we'll have to see on that. we also -- if you remember a couple of years ago we had legislation in congress that's requiring reductions for the next ten years we're in our third year now.
those cuts are still in place. we were hoping to get back to the 2010 2012 funding levels but that was not to be. but i think we had been expect that would be the case. there was a little flurry of excitement on the hill one of the day i was there. we thought that the older americans act was going to move. it looked like both senators in deep conversation over this and over the funding formula had reached a come promietdz compromise, but things have not happened. it's interesting to be there when things are flying and fast and furious and then at the end of the day you're back to where you were. i think that's most of the life lights on the budget.
the state budget we're still waiting to see what comes from that what the governor will suggest. we know our city and county budget is in better shape than it's opinion for a number of years so the mayor has issued directions tomorrow afternoon i feel think at 3:00. somebody's going to nod to me. 3:00 tomorrow there is a budget meeting, everyone's invited to that so if you want to hear more details, but at the january -- at our next meeting you will be getting all the details around it but safe to say we won't be doing any program reductions like we have done in previous years and we're looking forward to a much better time in this year's budget. i have two other things i have wanted to report on. one is that the sheriff has convened a group of people to discuss the older adult population that's in custody and this is a meeting that he's been trying to pull people together
to for a while now. kathy davis, day view hunters point, senior services was at the table. and of course members of his own team were there and i think this is one of what's going to be probably many meetings moving toward a much larger convening of people to really look at what's happening to the population there. and i say old earler adults bewe're really talking about people in their 50s and up because many of the people coming into custody now in that age range have cognitive impairment so i think it will be a very interesting conversation with not such easy solutions, both to -- is resolutions to things while people are in custody may be easier to reach than to do when people are released but it's going to be interesting.
and the last thing i wanted to talk about today is that linda lau, our nutritionist is going to join me for this part of my report. i'm going to send this around because i want you to have a chance to look at it. this was a gift from a group that was here from america samoa a couple months ago. i wanted linda to share with you what she has -- what she has been doing with this group of folks. some time ago the regional office, the federal regional office here in san francisco asked linda if she would provide support and resource and some direction to a group of people in america samoa. the idea was that there were no nutrition programs there, no nutrition sites and how to get things up and running. and so not only did linda do that but on the recent visit
that they had here to the city, they got around to visit some of our sites. as linda will tell you they now have more than one site. it is really an exciting program and i just really -- kudos to linda, but it was great to have of course, the feds ask the san francisco triple a to be part of this initiative so linda, i'm going to turn it over to you. >>good morning commissioners. just a little background the american samoa had asked us to share some best practices and resources with them. as was mentioned, they don't have any home deliver meal programs, but they were receiving title 3c federal money
for these programs and what they were doing for over 20 years was providing a food voucher which they can use in any grocery stores for anything they want so there was little control over what kind of food but in essence it didn't meet the guidelines for the older americans act. and so in july 2013 they asked and we were fortunate to have our department agree to provide that support to them and they basically -- we share best practices. they made a visit to san francisco in january, 2014 to visit a few of our centers, including third street senior center santon latino and the samoan community development center which we offer samoan hawaiian style meals.
that was one of the impetus was on how to provide that and activities for the seniors. so we did. it took them a little over a year-and-a-half to get everything together so i wanted to show you some brief slide shows that they had shared with us and a little bit of highlights of what happened during the visit. so this is the american samoa and their mission is to provide the best services with the utmost respect in order to be perpetuate and maximize the happiness and well being of american samoan senior citizens. this is -- you probably can't see the organizational chart here but i thought it was very interesting because their organization's very different. on the very top is the governor
for the american samoan government and right below that is their director and we met with him. they were the administrators and they wanted to see how it happens because there was a lot of resistance from the seniors who were very vocal. they didn't want to change the food voucher program because they were used to that for over 20 years. anyway, in may, 2014, they had a procurement meeting with all the different vendors. they look at different models how they can implement this because resources are pretty scarce and they didn't have the type of infrastructure that we have, but they have restaurants and they have schools, they looked at schools. but finely they -- nothing that i have went with was working with caterers and having the restaurants be able to provide the food for the different
senters that they will offer the new program. there are 15 new sites where they started this program in different parts of the island. interestingly they wanted to start out with a few pilot programs, but nobody wanted to start so they said oh the heck with it. this is a sample of the meals they provide, home delivered meals and they are using the menu that we have approved for the samoan community development center. this is another sample of the meals. of course this is very common and culturally well accepted. now, this is a picture of the seniors at graduation and what they did was that because they couldn't volunteer -- getting volunteers was different in the